1. We provide access to ingredient information for made-to-order* items. *Made-to-order - Meals that are prepared on request and to your specification in the dining hall. Examples include a sandwich station, omelet station, burrito station, etc.
Grill, Deli, Pizza - information is available in all areas.
Short-order items such as burgers should be prepared back-of-house for students allergic to milk, wheat, soy, or other allergens commonly found at the grill. The chefs and cooks are happy to oblige.
2. We provide access to ingredient information for self-serve* items. *Self-serve - Meals that are served buffet-style in a dining hall. These are typically high risk for cross-contact and are best avoided by diners with food allergies.
All areas. The only items not labeled are single-ingredient items such as fruits and vegetables.
Although ingredient information is easily available from the online menu, the Bite app, and signage throughout dining, it is important for students to consider the self-serve environment, and request a portion of the allergen-free food from back-up if it is served in proximity to allergens of concern to them.
3. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in made-to-order areas.
Grill items are specially prepared for students back-of-house on request, and can be pre-arranged to minimize wait time. Students assemble their own sandwiches using the breads, meats, and condiments cut fresh daily and provided for them in the "My Zone" restricted-access kitchen.
4. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in self-serve areas.
The My Zone special diet kitchen is access-protected for the use of food allergic students. Self-serve areas such as the salad bar are organized so that allergen-free foods like salad greens are served separately. Students are encouraged to request items from a self-serve environment from back-up.
5. We have pre-order meals* available. *Pre-order meals - Custom meals that can be ordered in advance by a diner so they are ready for pick up at a specific time. Typically these can be ordered online or by phone/text.
6. We have an allergy-friendly station*. *Allergy-friendly station - A food station where specific ingredients are banned, typically including many or all items in the Top 8 allergens and gluten.
The My Zone diet kitchen is restricted to food allergic students who are given swipe access. It provides hot meals free of the "top 8" allergens except that fish is allowed. Shelf-stable and refrigerated items free from gluten, peanuts, and tree nuts are also provided in this area, sandwich meats sliced fresh daily, gluten-free breads and desserts. Students may also store their own items in individual cubbies in the My Zone - both shelf-stable and refrigerated. These items must be free of gluten, peanuts and treenuts as well. If you are touring the campus, please make arrangements with Chef Anthony to tour the My Zone area while visiting dining.
7. We train dining services staff members.
Food allergy 101, symptoms of food allergy reaction, emergency procedures, avoiding cross-contact in food storage, preparation, and service, importance of following recipes, proper signage, communication, etc.
Each of our cooks and chefs has received careful training on food allergies and prevention of cross contact. They are also trained in the Customer Experience, and understand that it is important for food allergic students to be safe, and to also feel welcomed and included in the college dining experience. The more the culinary team interacts with food allergic students, the better the student experience.
8. We have a registered dietitian* on staff. *Registered dietitian - Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who are often tasked with helping students with food allergies navigate the dining halls.
9. We train our RA's.
10. We have inclusive resident life programs* including food. *Inclusive resident life programs - Programs in the resident halls often include food. Inclusive resident life programs will offer students with food allergies the opportunity to request safe food alternatives for events they attend in the dorms.
Students should work with their resident advisor, and can also request dining support if catering is involved.
Resident advisor training is in the works.
11. We offer accommodations for roommate assignments. *Every accommodation request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A housing accommodation cannot be guaranteed prior to an individual evaluation.
12. Our disability office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests.
It is the mission of the Office of Accommodations and Accessibility to provide individualized support to students with disabilities to ensure access to a complete education, to promote full independence in the academic environment and the greater society, and to increase awareness and sensitivity of the campus and community of the need of individuals with disabilities. https://www.marist.edu/accommodations-accessibility/
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13. We have stock, undesignated epinephrine* available for emergency response. *Stock, undesignated epinephrine - Epinephrine that is prescribed to a college or university rather than to a particular student. This epinephrine is kept on hand to use for any student that experiences anaphylaxis.
14. Our campus emergency responders carry epinephrine.
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First responders carry epinephrine. Hospital is right across the street.